How Johnson & Johnson is supporting Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria
The company has donated funds and products, and it’s also taking steps to ensure that crucial healthcare products continue to be manufactured on the island for people who rely on them.
Here at Johnson & Johnson, our hearts go out to the people in Puerto Rico living through incredible challenges in the wake of Hurricane Maria—the strongest hurricane to hit the island in more than 80 years. We know it will take time and a coordinated relief effort to return life there to normal. In the meantime, we wanted to share an update on how our Puerto Rico team and facilities are faring.
To date, Johnson & Johnson and its employees have donated more than $2 million in cash, products and supplies directly, and through its partner agencies, to aid victims of Maria throughout the Caribbean. No one can solve every problem, but it is part of Johnson & Johnson’s heritage to step forward to help those most in need following this storm, as well as an unusual number of recent natural disasters.
To ensure critical needs are met, we are closely monitoring inventory levels across our global manufacturing network, prioritizing production of essential products, and we have begun shipping newly manufactured goods from the island.
We are also very focused on the well-being of our employees on the island. We’ve been able to confirm that all of them are safe, though many experienced wind and water damage to their homes. Johnson & Johnson is sending emergency supplies to supplement items available locally to help our employees and their families begin to recover. We’ve also launched a program making it easier for employees in other locations to send relief packages to loved ones in Puerto Rico.
All of our manufacturing sites are open and operating with reliable generator power at varying levels of capacity while work continues to enable the resumption of full operations. To ensure critical needs are met, we are closely monitoring inventory levels across our global manufacturing network, prioritizing production of essential products, and we have begun shipping newly manufactured goods from the island. While we cannot rule out the potential for intermittent shortages of certain product formats, many of our products have dual production sites and backup supply channels outside of Puerto Rico to help meet demand.
We would like to thank the Johnson & Johnson teams in Puerto Rico, as well as the extended Johnson & Johnson teams around the world, for their boundless caring and diligence. They are the living embodiment of Our Credo.